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Marriage all about children


By Emilie Ng CHRISTIANS supporting natural marriage have called Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten’s statements supporting same-sex marriage at a recent Christian conference as a “weak” media stunt. Mr Shorten, (pictured) a Catholic who attended a Jesuit school in Melbourne, told attendees at the Australian Christian Lobby national conference in Canberra on October 25 that he was a Christian and ... Read More »

Former PM farewelled

By Paul Dobbyn CHURCH charitable organisations might not exist in their current form were it not for a decision made by the Whitlam Government. Brisbane man and former Australian Catholic Relief national director, Mick Sullivan, said the decision made under the Whitlam Government to allow tax deductibility for donations to non-government overseas aid agencies had been a “shot in the ... Read More »

Showing support on Blue Knot Day

ADULTS Surviving Child Abuse is the name of a support group who have come to prominence during the McClellan Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. At their initiative, Monday, October 27 was nominated as “Blue Knot Day” as a way of raising national awareness in solidarity with the many adult survivors of childhood trauma. Truth Justice and ... Read More »

Centacare’s Vintage Voices Choir hits all the right notes

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BRISBANE’S thriving choir helping isolated elderly has received the 2014 Catholic Social Services Australia Award for Excellence in Service by an Organisation. More than 60 choristers make up Vintage Voices Choir, a ministry of Centacare Community Services Brisbane. Vintage Voices Choir has entertainment at various arts and cultural events in Brisbane for the past four years. The now award-winning choir ... Read More »

Sr Mary Michael makes history

By Emilie Ng HOBART Catholics witnessed a religious woman’s first profession of vows for the first time in nearly 50 years last month. Sr Mary Michael of the Cross, formerly Simone Smith of Springwood in the Blue Mountains, made her first profession as a Sister of the Immaculata on September 14 in Hobart. The newly professed sister joins a small ... Read More »

Australian theologian ‘stunned’ by news of her Vatican appointment


By Paul Dobbyn IPSWICH-born Professor Tracey Rowland recently received an email that left her “totally stunned”. It contained a letter signed by Pope Francis announcing she had been appointed as a member of the International Theological Commission. Prof Rowland, dean of Melbourne’s John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, was reportedly in Spain in the palace of the Archbishop ... Read More »

Cambodian plan likened to ‘people trafficking’

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By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE refugee rights activist Freddie Steen described an Australian Government agreement with Cambodia to resettle asylum seekers there as “people trafficking”. “What else can you call it?” the former volunteer at Woolloongabba’s Mercy Family Services Romero Centre said. “Our government is paying another country to take people we don’t want – basically using humans as a commodity. ... Read More »

Faith invigorated at Ignite Conference 2014


By Emilie Ng BRISBANE’S Ignite Conference has become a place of hope not only to young Catholics, but also to religious men and women and lay Catholics, both young and old. Sister of Nazareth Antonia Ioleme attended the four-day youth event (September 25-28) with fellow sisters to share the beauty of religious life. Sr Ioleme said spending time with many ... Read More »

Young people Igniting the faith


By Emilie Ng CONTAGIOUS energy and love for Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church touched more than 1200 young people at the Ignite Conference 2014 held in Brisbane last weekend. Running in its 10th year, Ignite Conference 2014 captured young hearts living in Australia, New Zealand and even families travelling from Canada. Friday night’s Adoration and Benediction was a highlight ... Read More »

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